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Over the Top Good News!   Leave a comment

Over-the-Top Good News!

Creflo Dollar

Have you ever heard something that was just too good to be true? Well, there is some news that seems too good to be true, but it’s the ultimate truth. Let me tell you what it is: The Gospel of Christ is the Gospel of grace. There is no other Gospel! Grace is the entire Gospel! In Galatians 1:6-7, Paul writes, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”

The word Gospel means nearly too good to be true news. Grace is the unmerited, undeserved, favor of God, which you didn’t earn, work for, or deserve, that He wants to lavish upon you. In times past, when we heard Gospel, it was a general reference to the whole Bible. However, the Gospel is not the whole Bible. We also treated grace like it was a subject, or a curriculum. But grace is a Person! Grace and truth came in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:17). The grace message is the genuine Gospel, which is over-the-top good news!

So why is the Gospel of grace seemingly too good to be true? Because of Christ, God is showing up and making men righteous, without them having to work to earn righteousness (Romans 5:19). You’ve been made the righteousness of God, not because of the goodie-goodie things you’ve done, but because you believed in Jesus, and therefore, you were made righteous. That’s too-good-to-be-true news!

God has forgiven you of your sins-past, present, and future! He is not imputing sin on you (2 Corinthians 5:19). When you sin, He’s not charging it to your account. The grace of God has shown up to solve the sin problem. That’s too-good-to-be-true news!

Christ died for the whole world, which means salvation is available to everyone (1 Thessalonians 5:9). He offered to save you when you knew there was absolutely nothing you could possibly do to deserve salvation. He showed up and gave you something that was too good to be true!

When you get a revelation of God’s grace, it will set you free. Free from condemnation, free from guilt, free from beating yourself up, free from the fear of dying and going to hell. People don’t go to hell because of sin; they go to hell because they reject Jesus (Psalm 9:17)! That’s the Gospel! That’s over-the-top good news!

Then, on top of all that, God says, I’ll heal and deliver you! I’ll set you free! I’ll prosper you! I’ll do all those things you’ve been trying to work to deserve and earn. In return, all He needs you to do is believe in the finished work of Jesus Christ (John 19:30).

So whenever you think you don’t deserve what God wants to do for you, remind yourself that you have been given an abundance of undeserved favor (Romans 3:24, AMP). The Gospel of grace has made available to you everything that pertains to life and godliness. That’s over-the-top good news!

Are you ready to receive some over-the-top good news? You’ve been made the righteousness of God by faith in Christ Jesus! Period! 

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Grace to Live a Fearless Life   Leave a comment

Grace to Live a Fearless Life

by Creflo Dollar

Did you know that fear is the number-one enemy to your faith? If you allow it in your life, it will connect you with the very things you fear most. For this reason, it is absolutely vital that you uproot the spirit of fear and get it out of your life for good. Living a fearless life gives your faith free course, and allows you to access the grace of God for successful living. By eradicating fear, you are able to walk in total victory over Satan. There is a grace, or empowerment from God, to live life free from fear. You do not have to tolerate it!

The most powerful weapon of the devil is suggestion. If he can get you to receive words that oppose God’s Word in your heart, he can wreak havoc in your life. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, and fear comes from hearing the words of Satan.  Because of this, it is critical that you immediately cast down every thought and suggestion that is fear-based and tap into the grace of God by declaring what God has said about you. Every time you speak the Word, you are releasing your faith and connecting to the ability to overcome fear.

The book of Job shows us that fear is a connector to the things we don’t want to happen to us. Job 3:25 says, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.”  Job feared that something terrible would happen to his children. He cut a covenant with God every day out of his fear for their safety. Unfortunately, the very thing he feared would happen, did—his children all died. Not only that, Job also lost his possessions. The enemy was allowed access into his life because of his own fears.

Satan is using the same fear tactics he used back in Job’s day. By getting you to have fearful thoughts, he is able to connect you with your fears. You don’t want the things you fear to happen, but when your thoughts and words are fear-based, spiritual laws are set in motion. Satan uses your fearful thoughts and words as tools to steal, kill, and destroy your life. 

Before you get discouraged, I want you to know that there is a way to get fear out of your life. The Bible says that perfected love is the key to casting out fear (1 John 4:18). Since fear is based in selfishness, when you develop in the love of God (which is the opposite of selfishness) you will begin to completely flush fear out of your life. The more you exercise love toward God and others, fear will begin to dissipate. Every time you feel it rising up in you, begin to confess God’s love for you and your love for Him. Declare that you possess the grace to walk in love at all times. God’s power and comfort is immediately available to you when you release your faith.

Fear can take many forms. For example, worry is a form of fear. Criticism, inferiority, and even the negative expression of anger are all fear-based. Sometimes parents can operate in fear and not even realize it when they are overly protective where their children are concerned.  Instead of worrying and being afraid that something bad will happen to them, pray for them, speak positive confessions over their lives, and believe that their lives are redeemed from destruction. 

So who do you believe? Do you believe the words of Satan and the negative reports that you hear, or do you believe God and His Word?  If you find your mind being bombarded by fearful thoughts, recognize that they are coming from the enemy, not God. Cast them down by speaking what God has said in His Word, and be selective about the words you allow yourself to receive. This may mean separating yourself from people who plant seeds of fear, doubt, and worry in your mind. Do what you have to do to remain fear-free.

In these last days, fear will be at an all-time high. In fact, the Word says that men’s hearts will fail them because of fear (Luke 21:26). Guarding against this wicked spirit is going to be a key to having victory over it.

Remember that God’s grace working in your life will keep you from going down the path of fear. When you know God loves you, it becomes very difficult to fear anything. Whether it is protection, healing, or deliverance in some area of your life, continue to believe the love of God more than anything you see or hear in this natural world.

Renewing your mind with the Word of God is critical. God will give you the answers you seek, and His peace will rule in your heart. When you allow His Word to control your thinking, He will eradicate worry and fear. David said in Psalm 34:4, “I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me, and delivered me from all of my fears” (Amplified Bible).  You must believe that He will deliver you from all your fears.

Any fear you have must submit to the Word of God. Jesus told us to speak to mountains, and they would have to obey us. You can speak to the mountain of fear in your life. Tell fear what the Word of God says about it—it will have to leave. You can live a fearless life.

Fight From Victory, Not For Victory   1 comment

Fight From Victory, Not For Victory – From Joseph Prince Ministries

Ephesians 6:11; Put on the whole amour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

God does not need you to defeat the devil today. Jesus has already done it and given you the victory. (Colossians 2:15, Romans 8:37) Your part is to enforce the victory by simply standing your ground, which is victory ground. In other words, you “fight” from victory ground by standing. You don’t fight for victory.

In Ephesians 6:10–18, the passage on spiritual warfare, the word “wrestle” appears only once (verse 12), while the word “stand” appears four times—“stand against the wiles of the devil”, “withstand in the evil day”, “having done all, to stand”, “Stand therefore”. (Verses 11, 13–14) Four times the Holy Spirit tells us to stand. Yet, many Christians are focusing on wrestling their way to victory!

My friend, you are already on victory ground. You already have everything in Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:21, 23) You are already blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3). The devil knows this. And that is why his tactic is to deceive you and make you think that you don’t have the victory.

So when he attacks you by saying, “Look at that small sum in your bank account! How are you going to pay the bills?” stand your ground. Declare, “I am not trying to be rich. I am already blessed in Christ!” It doesn’t matter how much you have in the bank. You are richly supplied because you are in Christ. And as the need arises, the supply will be there if you believe it.

It is the same with healing. The devil will try to attack you with symptoms in your body. He will try to put pain in your body, and make you feel weak here and there, so that you think that you are still sick. He is trying to make you believe that you don’t have your healing. That is the time to be conscious of Jesus’ finished work and declare, “I am not trying to get healed, I am healed! I am standing on the victory ground which Jesus has given me!”

Beloved, it makes a world of difference when you fight from victory and not for victory!

Nothing To Do, Only Believe   Leave a comment

Nothing To Do, Only Believe – From Joseph Prince Ministries

John 6:28–29

28…“What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” 29Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

When I was a young Christian, I attended a seminar on what we must do to “work the works of God”. I was told that we had to pray more, fast more, know our enemy and so on. I came away from the seminar confused. Then one day, I found the same question in the Bible. But the answer was very different!

In the Gospel of John, we find Jesus being asked the same question by the multitude who had been awed by His miracles—“What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” The people had seen Jesus healing the sick, and feeding 5,000 men with only five loaves and two fish.

Notice how Jesus answered them: “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” My friend, the greatest doing is believing—believing in Jesus the sent one, who has done it all for you at the cross!

If you are asking, “What must I do to receive my healing?” the answer is this: Believe in Jesus, who “Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses”. (Matthew 8:17) We have seen members of our church delivered from life-threatening conditions such as cancer and kidney failure. They had simply believed that Jesus bore their diseases on His own body. There was nothing for them to do, except to believe.

When the jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:30–31) The greatest miracle in your life happens not by you working and trying to save yourself, but by you simply believing in Jesus who died to save you from eternal damnation and to give you eternal life. Why then, should the lesser miracles of healing or financial breakthroughs be any different?

Beloved, what is the miracle you need today? There is nothing left for you to do, but everything for you to believe, because Jesus has done it all for you!

God is our refuge and strength   Leave a comment

Psalm 46: 1-11;

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Are You at War with Your Flesh?   Leave a comment

Are You at War with Your Flesh?

Creflo Dollar

Why does a Christian who’s born again and the righteousness of God still sin? The answer to that question goes back to the fact that man is a tri-part being. Man is a spirit being, who possesses a soul and lives in a physical body. Now, let me explain the significance of that, as it relates to sin.

When you made Christ the Lord of your life, the real you, your spirit man, got born-again. Your spirit was perfected by the blood of Jesus (Romans 5:5). God now lives in your spirit man. But what happens to your soul, which consists of your mind, your will, and your emotions? Nothing! Unlike your born again spirit, your soul wasn’t created brand new the day you became born again. It has to be renewed with the Word of God. Likewise, your body has to be brought into subjection, because it will follow whoever’s in charge–your spirit or your soul (1 Corinthians 9:27).

So this is where the battle comes in. The devil is not so much your enemy; your flesh is. The flesh (the soulish part of you) is a mindset that goes against God’s Word. The struggle develops when you begin the process of renewing your mind in line with the Word, because the flesh still wants to govern your life. The Bible tells us that the flesh lusts against the spirit (Galatians 5:17). It literally desires what your spirit has. Let me explain.

Your born-again spirit, and the resources of the Holy Spirit, have given you a new nature in Christ. God is your source for everything you need in life. It is a finished work. But your unrenewed flesh still wants to be your source. It still wants to provide for you. Despite your new identity in Christ, your flesh still wants the opportunity to give you an identity as well.

Unlike your spirit, your flesh wishes to provide your identity based on your intellectual attributes, your physical characteristics, and your social status (i.e., how smart you are, how strong you are, and how popular you are). For example, the spirit has an anointing to heal. But the flesh says, “Wait a minute, the world has medicine.” There’s nothing wrong with taking medicine. But at every turn, the flesh uses worldly, fleshy things to try to duplicate what the spirit does through the anointing. But how many of you know that you can’t duplicate God?

Ultimately, the flesh wants to coerce you into sinning against God. But you’re not in the prison of sin anymore, so you don’t have to sin if you don’t want to. If you’re born again, you’re under grace. Now, God’s grace is not an insurance policy to sin; it’s the ability to help you overcome your shortcomings. Through grace, you can receive what the blood of Jesus has accomplished for you and learn how to effectively war against the flesh. You can choose whether you will have confidence in who you are in Christ or who you are in the flesh.

Sin does not have to have the upper hand in your life any longer. You now have the grace of God, which gives you victory over the flesh. The key is to stop trusting in your own self-effort and ability. Set your mind to agree with God’s Word and live according to it. The Word tells us that God has begun a good work in us, and He is committed to our spiritual growth and development until Jesus returns!

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

***Please watch this message on youtube titled “Warring Against the Flesh”:

Holiness is a Fruit   Leave a comment

HOLINESS IS A FRUIT – From Andrew Wommack Ministries

Luke 11:42 "But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done and not to leave the other undone."

LUKE 11:42-44

When Jesus said, "and not to leave the other undone," it is clear that He is not arguing against doing what is right. God’s Word stresses holiness in our actions. The Pharisees’ error that caused Jesus’ rebuke was that they believed their actions could produce a right relationship with God. But a proper relationship with God can only come by humbling ourselves and putting faith in a Savior, who is Jesus. God cleanses our hearts by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8) and then we have our fruit unto holiness (Rom. 6:22). Holiness is a fruit, not a root, of salvation.

In a similar instance found in Matthew 23:26, Jesus told the Pharisees, "Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also." True Christianity comes from the inside out. A good heart will change a man’s actions, but a man’s actions cannot change his heart.

One of religion’s favorite doctrines is that if you will just act right, you will be right. Nothing could be further from the truth. You must be born again. And if you are born again, then holiness is a by-product and not the way to a relationship with God.

This is the heart of the Gospel. Every major religion of the world has a moral standard it enforces, but only Christianity offers salvation through a Savior. Presenting holiness in any way other than as a result of salvation is denying Jesus as our Savior and places the burden of salvation on us. Improper emphasis on achieving holiness or salvation through one’s own actions can damn that person. We must trust Jesus completely.

Yes to Jesus

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